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Churton Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Churton Sauvignon Blanc2017

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Aromas of white peach and textured palate with creamy stone fruit flavours. Precise and mineral. Good length, crispy dry finish.

Why we love it: 

Who doesn't love Organics and Biodynamic wine?

Drink with: 

Fresh oysters.

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Tech

Sub-Region
Marlborough
Vintage
2017
Blend Info.
Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol by Vol.
12.9%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Cellaring
Now
Serving Temp.
7 - 12 degrees
Closure
Cork

Producer

Churton

Churton is a small family owned winery that was established in 1997 by Mandy and Sam Weaver and is an exceptional example of what can happen when New World wine is made in Old World style. Located in the southern hills of Marlborough, New Zealand. Churton is such a standout winery due to its dedication to creating exceptional, terroir driven wines. Biodynamics, organics and minimal intervention are all practises that play a part in making Churton wines some of the best in New Zealand.

Churton is a 22-hectare single vineyard site and surrounds the ridge line between the Omaka and Waihopai valleys in Marlborough. Located 200 metres above sea level, Owner and winemaker Sam makes the most out of the distinguished property site. The site faces north-east and captures the cool morning sun as well as all-day hot rays of light which makes for a wonderful, slow and long ripening grape process. The soils across the site are older and harder than those on the neighbouring sites, but which only in turn adds to the Churton charm.

The portfolio showcases the Marlborough classics of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, however never one to by shy, Sam also makes some limited quantities of Viognier and Petit Manseng - one that cannot be missed. Sam wanted to create wines that are approachable in their youth but have a remarkable ability to age. The wines he makes are righteous, truthful and eloquently expresses their unique terroir and organic origins.

To explore more of Churton’s wines you can head over to their website here. 

Region

Marlborough

Marlborough is New Zealand's largest and most famed wine region. Early successes with the Sauvignon Blanc varietal rang far and wide, landing NZ on the international wine map. With vintners interest in varied terroir and varieties escalating the recognition of the region globally adding fuel to the fire. Soon enough winemakers took to the cooler sub-regions of Southern Valley’s and Awatere. Back in the 1980s as an understanding of the regions potential slowly unfurled, farmers and foresters alike made the switch to viticulture and the industry blossomed.

Resting to the east at the tip of the South Island, Marlboroughs enjoys long drawn out daylight hours, coupled with a clear, cool atmosphere at night. This union results in a long, leisurely ripening period, greatly contributing to the grapes intensified flavours while the chill of the night retains the acidity levels.

Consisting of the three sub-regions; Wairau Valley, Awatere Valley and the Southern Valley’s. Marlborough has a diversified range of terroirs, allowing for impressive variation in style, minerality, and flavour. As the name suggests, the Southern Valleys sit south of the Wairau Valleys and houses the Omaka, Fairhall, Brancott, Ben Morven and Waihopai valleys - Marlborough's original sites. The southern location of these valleys and the soils relatively heavier clay content is a key factor in the regions ability to produce such a diverse range of wines.

Enjoying the slightly warmer north of the region, the Wairau Valleys sit more inland and benefit from the Wairau River running through, decreasing the need and frequency of irrigation. With each of the sites here having varying soil profiles consisting of alluvial gravel, wind borne loess and greywacke. Each vineyard will produce a unique wine, with flavour inherited from its unique soil composition. Although it must be noted, no matter how far a style strays, the rich fruit intensity that’s a hallmark of the region can always be found.

Close to the Coast lies Awatere, arguably Marlborough's most distinctive sub-region. The windier and cool location means the vines have a lower yield, meaning the wines produced have an incredibly distinctive character as each abstraction and variation isn’t diluted. The Herbaceous and flinty minerality truly reflect the sub-regions unique Terroir, while the good aromatics one can find stem from a decrease in the vigour of the vines.

As New Zealand’s largest wine region, housing around 77% of the countries vines and producing over 75% of the Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough has an upward trajectory and an exciting future.